first person

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of first person

1 a :a set of linguistic forms (such as verb forms, pronouns, and inflectional affixes) referring to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which they occur
b :a linguistic form belonging to such a set
c :reference of a linguistic form to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which it occurs
2 :a style of discourse marked by general use of verbs and pronouns of the first person

Examples of first person in a Sentence

  1. She always wrote in the first person.

  2. The sentence “I was born in Maine” is written in the first person.

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First Known Use of first person

15th century


FIRST PERSON Defined for English Language Learners

first person

noun

Definition of first person for English Language Learners

  • : a set of words or word forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person who is speaking or writing

  • : a writing style that uses first person pronouns and verbs


FIRST PERSON Defined for Kids

first person

noun

Definition of first person for Students

:a set of words or forms (as pronouns or verb forms) referring to the person speaking or writing them

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